Through, not Threw

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So this is what happens when a Manager instils Belief in a squad.  Some of our fan base, including on here (Shelfy, others?) dared to dream or make predictions that we would get the result that we needed and things would pan out well in the other tie (or over the whole group), but…..but, these lads had to actually go out and do it on the night.  No giving up until the 90+ET minute.  Keep playing our game.  Calm.  Focussed.  Trusting teammates.

We started well.  First 5 minutes I remember thinking; “We’re up for this tonight” and then BAM!  Sucker punched again.  FFS! Another big game, another individual error gifting a tough opponent an early goal.  I’m not digging KWP out specifically, Dembele was on him in a flash, but the reality is that we too often cause our own problems in these games.  Luckily this time, we had the minerals, the BELIEF, to turn it round.

As the first half ebbed and flowed we rode our luck a little, whilst also creating our own chances.  Apart from the goal, I’d say it was honours even, without having looked at any stats at all.

Second half:  ‘We are Tottenham, we’re in the Camp Nou, and we are here to kick your collective arses.’

Moussa smashing around.

Danny Rose finally, FINALLY! looking like the player he used to be.  Taking on players and beating them.  So good to see.  If we can get Serge back and improving, and Rosey carrying on on this trajectory, we can have two properly effective wing/full backs with good enough back up for lesser games.  Harsh on Tripps and Davies but you suddenly see what we’ve been missing when our full backs are actually providing a threat.

Harry finding a way to influence the game, even if he was having an off-night in front of goal (involved in 16 goals in 16 CL games – 13 goals, 3 assists).  Dele classy as always.

Lamela and Moura on at just the right time.

All in all, a great night, one to remember and draw to confidence from.  We can take anyone on.  The Flat Oeufers, that is.

No fear.

Belief.

 

Author: Flat Oeuf

A blog dedicated to aficionados of the chicken badge of Tottenham Hotspur FC, unashamedly revelling in the agony and ecstasy of every moment of every game....no matter who finds themselves fortunate enough, in any given season, to be the stewards, manager or players of the best club in the world. COYFS!

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Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥
Ronwol1960-61🕎⚽🎷🎥
2 years ago

Glad that Oliver Skipp got a good chance to play. He played as well as anyone could have expected but the main thing I like was his proactiveness of always working in space and as well poimting the way for others.He wasnt afraid or peturbed by the moment. Played it cool. Seems like he will take it on.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

I’m back home, and you needed me back to get that winner!!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago
HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago

Bench: Gazzaniga, Son, Winks, Eriksen, Llorente, KWP, Eyoma.
No Verts or Dier.

cavey
cavey
2 years ago
Reply to  HD 🇺🇸

That’s two games Dier has missed. He’ll be ‘buck jumping’ fresh for the gooners.

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago
Reply to  cavey

Hehe

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago

Foyth?

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

Vertonghen?

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago
Reply to  HD 🇺🇸

Rested for le’arse on Wednesday?

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago

“What’s that boy, you’re in the starting line up?”

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago

Check it out: Lloris, Tripp’s, Toby, Davies, Rose, Sissoko, Skipp, Dele, Lamela, Moura, Kane

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  HD 🇺🇸

Wow Skippy, big step up.

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago

Davies at Center back as well.

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago

Richarlison can give lessons on leaning back and firing high.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  HD 🇺🇸

Yup, he’s too laid back…

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago

Plenty of empty seats at the emptihad as usual.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Think it’ll look worse at Wembers.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago

But it won’t at our new digs.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Oooh yesh.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

Still haven’t turned the heating on yet this year. Yes the missus is sitting in the front room with a hot-water-bottle under a duvet, wearing two pairs of tracky bottoms, four layers on her top half (including a polo-neck jumper) a woolly hat, socks and gloves, but think of the money I’m saving!

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Fatty B

Scrooge!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Fatty B

Edwina Curry would be proud of you.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago

Toffees gone hard.

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago

Hah, that will most likely piss City off.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  HD 🇺🇸

They’ve gone all spursy 🙂

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago

Back to softness.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  HD 🇺🇸

Mr Floppy.

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago

Fck u Everton! I stuck up for you, I fancy you I said, city is due a slump I said, thanks for nuffink!

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago

Soft toffees are in stock.

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago

If not for some brilliance from Pickford it would be a much larger deficit.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 years ago

I’m only reading commentary, are ManC really good, or Everton really bad, or a bit of both? Doesn’t sound to me like we’ve got too much to worry about when we play them next week, if we turn up of course.

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

ManC spinning on all cylinders and that is with Aguero and DeBruyne on the bench. Everyon just can’t stay with them.

cavey
cavey
2 years ago

Man City sicken my arse. ANY player they want they get. There’s going to have to be a rule where we get a level playing field. These rich Arabs and Russians are ruining the game. I’d rather go to a amateur game any day than indulge these fake clubs.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  cavey

Understand the frustration cavey, yet if Joe somehow opened the taps we’d be no different.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  cavey

Agree, it’s so unbalanced. Only way to do that is wage caps, which will never happen.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

Shiteh would just circumvent that as well.

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Yep and so much for Everyon giving them a tussle. Pfft.

cavey
cavey
2 years ago
Reply to  HD 🇺🇸

They’re impossible to beat. It’s buying trophies. How come they handicap horses in professional racing and still cannot bring some logic into football. These mega rich owners are spoiling it, big time. Everton are getting there these days, but they can write off points today because they’re up against a brick wall. They would have every player on City’s bench in the starting eleven today. That says it all.

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago
Reply to  cavey

Have to agree with your point of view Cavey.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

Our local bakers closes at two on a Saturday, but if you go in anytime after one they’ve packed everything away already.
Obviously don’t need the money, there’s a queue of people trying to get lunch.
Grumpy FoF.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

It’s personal FoFty, the parking, the bakers it’s obvious they’ve all got it infayer.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 years ago

The older I get, the less I understand people, and the less tolerate I am. The Meldrew in me is awakening.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
2 years ago

It’s not all bad. I’ve heard the candle stick makers sound.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago
Reply to  AntSpurs

Like what?

HD 🇺🇸
HD 🇺🇸
2 years ago

I am always nervous over a match against Burnley, especially now. Dyche is a good manager and the team is due to wake up and play a blinder. Just hoping today is not the day.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago
Reply to  HD 🇺🇸

We’ll murders ‘em I tell ya, murders ‘em.

GDawg
2 years ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Let’s start by not beating ourselves in terms of selections or attitude

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
2 years ago

Bon Voyeurage Monsiuer Chauvelin. Take your thermals it’s quite nippy.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  AntSpurs

Flat cap AND hoodie.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

We’ve obviously never met, but the last thing I ever expected you to wear is a hoodie.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Off to see Sleeping Beauty then.

No, not Fatty in his toasty warm bed. The panto.

I’m relying on the rest of you to inspire a thumping win.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

Enjoy it DD. 👍

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Hey!! 😒

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
2 years ago

Pickford is very quick thinking and has super teckers, he cuts across the ball and delivers it with pinpoint accuracy, quarterback stylie, most excellent. England great in the making.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  AntSpurs

Vorm out, Pickford in. Frees up a space for Foyth.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

Hopefully Pickford isn’t superstitious.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
2 years ago

Bollox

foeorfreund
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

B’Jesus.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
2 years ago

Great save Pickford.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Aguero and de Bruyne on the bench to rescue the fake club. Hoping Everton can get a draw.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
2 years ago

Looking forward to watching Andre Gomes against Citeh, let’s hope Everton can keep the bogey side tag going.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

I fear we shall see some soft toffees today.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago

My favourite sort.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
2 years ago

Well they played very well against Pool so will be an interesting watch.

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

I fancy them. City is due a slump and hopefully last week’s result was the start of one. Come on you toffees.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

I’d prefer pooh to hit a slump, I would NOT like them to win the league.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

It’s deffo time for Pooh to lose. Their decking whiney voices telling the world they were undefeated by Christmas cannot be tolerated.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Binary slumpage works perfectly for me.

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago
Reply to  foeorfreund
0
Reply
Chauvelin

Which oeufers are off to Wembley today to celebrate the team’s Barcelona achievement and cheer the lads on to stuff Burnley?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

“Not I”, said the Nut.

89Spurs 👁
89Spurs 👁
2 years ago

Nor I said 89er.

foeorfreund
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  89Spurs 👁

“Likewise”, FoF proclaimed.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  foeorfreund

I’m sure Fatty B will be along soon to ejaculate.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Too late…

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

Looks like shit wet cold weather at Wembley. Helps the Lancashire side shurley?

mystic arnold
mystic arnold
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

Had most of my row to myself today

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

For information, the Radio FiveLive commentary game is Spurs v Burnley for those reliant on a radio.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

I don’t think Dillenberg is reading this blog.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

A cat may look at a Queen, as the saying goes…

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

… but she won’t listen to her on the radio?

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

Tres froid out s’marnin’. I may have to consider wearing some sort of leggings under my shorts if this carries on. Still, I’ll be in my toasty warm bed eating and sleeping so won’t feel the cold. May treat meself to a bottle of Asda own brand Bailey’s knock-off.

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago
Reply to  Fatty B

..sleeping and eating??

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

The bit that worries me is Fatty goes to Asda whilst in bed. Some kind of motorised gizmo no doubt.

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago

Woo hoo! It’s spurs day. The team, the fans, we’re all buzzing. Everyone’s on a high. Perfect opportunity to cut the gap to Liverpool to 3 points.

..we’re going to lose aren’t we 😭

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

If we don’t respect Burnley, we’ll pay the price. They must start well and put this to bed.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

There’s always that doubt in my mind whether they’ve finally learnt their lesson and not turn up with that sense of entitlement. Okay lads it’s only Burnley, let’s just knock it about a bit and we can nick a goal or two whenever we feel like it.

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

I was in Cyprus last year when we played them at Wembley. I spat out my beer when they equalised.. so I went and got another..then aother..

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

Yep. Both.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
2 years ago
Reply to  Superspoz 🏆

Cyprus in August?

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

Skorchio!!

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago

Hartley

Will do Taff, cheers. If you’re ever in God’s own county, Humblest of Pleasures in Hebden Bridge is the only place for a quality facon sandwich.

I’ve just had a look at your daughter’s menu. Proper comfort food if ever I saw it. And a dog-friendly restaurant to boot.

You must be so proud. Hats off to her.

If she ever she wants to open a branch in west Wales…

🙂

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

Or Chepstow/Monmouth!

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
2 years ago

Layercake was awesome 👏

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

Bingo bongo.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

Yeah, excellent performances.

The casting was superb, someone did well to get Tom Hardy, Sally Hawkins, Ben Wishaw, rising stars in there with Craig and Gambon.

Superspoz 🏆
Superspoz 🏆
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

..and my mates mate Tamer Hasan..

Spursy
Spursy
2 years ago

Nice sleuthing.
I reckon go hell for leather in everything.
Night.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Just thought I’d mention the potential relevance of the CL draw next Monday, on our efforts in the League Cup.

Round of sixteen first legs are scheduled for either 12/13 Feb, or 19/20 Feb. We’d be at home, wherever that happens to be.

The League Cup final is Sunday 24 Feb.

If we discover we’re playing our tie, say on the 20th, would there be much point trying hard to go any further in the Carabao LC against Arsenal, or be prudent and send the reserves out on Wednesday?

Just contemplating the priorities involved…

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

However, we might play our tie on the 12/13 Feb, so more to ponder on Monday than just the opponent.

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

Send the kids out against Arsenal. We have much bigger fish to, er … allow to swim unhindered in the ocean.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Well, the tolls on the M4 are coming down. South Wales will be freed. Property prices will rise on this side, there is a house building boom happening.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
2 years ago

I have the choice between Die Hard and layer cake later (not seen either) which is the better film?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

I can’t believe you’ve never seen Die Hard but the choice is a tough one. Die Hard is great but so is Layer Cake.
Got it!
Record both.

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago

I recommend eating the layer cake whilst watching Die Hard.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast
2 years ago

I have em both on my Virgin tivio which is a great bit of kit.
Layer cake is first up!

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Sexy Beast

Layer Cake is a great film.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

I’m watching an early Jackie Chang film called ‘Fearless Hyena’. Silly film but some amazing choreographed martial arts moves.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago

BeeGees (Barry and Gibbs) won it for the BaGgies.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

My lad had a gecko, we feed it locusts. I tend to put three in at a time, and if they don’t get eaten straight away, one tends to find the water bowl and has a good drink. I’ve noticed that as soon as the first locust finds the water, the other two locusts immediately head for it too, no matter where they are in the tank. How do the other two know there is water, and where to find it? It’s definitely not a visual thing, they have been in positions where they couldn’t possibly see the first locust, so it must be communication, or maybe sound/vibration? Answers on a postcard please, I’m intrigued and google isn’t helping.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe
Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Must be something to do with Quantum Entanglement.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

It’s morphic resonance.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Fatty B

Sounds good.

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago
Reply to  Fatty B

Ooh, good one 👍

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Fatty B

Or chemical signals/pheromones?

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Yep, didn’t consider that.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Probably Trip Advisor.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Fatty B

Does that have a tie in with Jung’s collective consciousness?

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

I was thinking the same thing.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Heh!

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Did you get it? I sent you the answer. If you didn’t get it ask the locusts, I’m sure they got it.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Or they can detect the sound of the locust drinking.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago

There’s a kid called Barnes playing for WBA who looks a decent prospect. Worth a punt in Jan.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

Surely not? Peter Barnes must be over 60 years old now?

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

Ageist!

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago

Tonights dinner is…
Villetta Torta con tenerostelo Broccolini.

SpurAndy🍒🥧
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

I had farciminis and fricta spuds with fabam.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

I hope Unk wasn’t watching Have I got news for you!

Liz Truss with a black pudding…Look away now!!

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

She could come out as a Chelsea fan and it wouldn’t alter my impression of her one iota.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

It was her expression as she handled it Unk…

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago

Why doesn’t anyone make fake vegetatble products from textured animal protein?

Freund or Foe
Freund or Foe
2 years ago

Quoffal?

Funkenschlag!
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Quoffali and Stilton soup?

Goatboy333
2 years ago
Reply to  Funkenschlag!

Peter Stilton Soup.

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Freund or Foe

Faloffals?

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago

I found out the other week that Horlicks was invented by a Forest of Dean man. I feel I ought to give Ovaltine the boot and switch.

Fatty B
Fatty B
2 years ago

foeorfreund
If animals aren’t supposed to be eaten, why are they made out of meat?

Best thing I’ve read all day (so far).

Goatboy333
2 years ago

MiT
That must take great self discipline and a lot of balance.
Twice for the 40-day Lenten period I have fasted from meat. Once vegetarian, once pescetarian. My body lacked energy both times. Fatigue. Finding the protein and calories necessary to feed my muscle and frame took a balance that I could not find. I completed the 40 days both times, but it took its toll both times. My body is not as pretty as it once was, but when I was a younger man, I put a lot of muscle on my frame that changed my shape and bass. Find a good balance for that sort of thing in a vegetarian or pescetarian diet is tremendously tricky, let alone finding it in a vegan diet.
Admiration for your balance and discipline.

MiT I get where you’re coming from but it really shouldn’t be too hard to get all the calories /protein you need from a plant based diet. Check out the dudes in the trailer for this doc if you don’t believe me! – http://gamechangersmovie.com/

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Goatboy333

Maybe it was the shock transition from one diet to another that caused the body to feel tired. The digestive system can suddenly have to work harder to extract nourishment from bulky, fibrous foods in a plant based diet compared to energy dense foods like meat.

Goatboy333
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

Yeh could be. If I have the energy to stay up for the 10 o clock news I’m doing well these days but that’s probably just my age…

Chauvelin
Chauvelin
2 years ago
Reply to  Goatboy333

It can knock your system for six suddenly eating radically different diets.

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Chauvelin

I managed to made the transition without noticing any ill-effects whatsoever.

61 Spurs Njut 🌰
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  UnkleTaff

Your diet may be well balanced …

UnkleTaff
Admin
2 years ago

At the time I made the switch having a balanced diet was the furthest thing from my mind; I just decided I didn’t want to eat animals anymore.

I suspect a lot of it is down to how much you actually want to do it.